An Open Letter to You on My Birthday
Sometimes in life it feels like we are all running frantically on hamster wheels, lined up in a row, shouting hey to each other occasionally, or stopping for a few seconds of weekend, then back up and going, going, going.
It’s easy to stay on our self-contained hamster-wheel-lives, but when someone steps off their wheel to touch my life, that connection sparks light, love, and grace in me.
As I turn 34 today, I am so very grateful for all the light-filled connections in my life. I’m so grateful for you who are reading this.
- take time to write Happy Birthday on my timeline even though I may not have done it for you
- comment on my blog to let me know I see you
- write me a hand-written card of sympathy for my loss
- cook me a meal at the end of a long, tired school year
- make me laugh with the meme you post
- give me a hug every Sunday at church
- sent flowers to my grandpa’s funeral
- seek me out when I’m not present to say you missed me
- tag me in something you think I might like to see
- tell me that you enjoyed my children in some way
- text me to tell me you are thinking of me when my grandpa dies
- understand my forgetfulness and forgive it
- recognize my humanity and do not hold me to impossible standards
- understand that I often feel pulled between mom, wife, teacher, friend, etc, and don’t take offense when I am busy or distracted
- share your faith in public, inspiring me to have courage, too
- do your job with excellence, spurring me to do mine better, too
- empathize with me when I am running late on a Sunday
- check in with me personally before getting offended to clear the air and resolve the conflict
- don’t take offense at me when our opinions are different, but still respect me and allow me to be me
- take me out for a girl’s night in the middle of a horrible week (you know who you are)
- overlooked my sharpness when I was having a bad day.
- loved me in spite of all my flaws, quirks, weaknesses, and short-comings
Today I am so grateful for you, Reader. Because you are grace to me. And grace is undeserved blessing.